According to the Korea Times, Park Chan-ho will NOT participate in the Olympic games, but Shin Soo-choo might. The title, "Major Absence," is a little misleading. I don't really think Park would do much for the national team, other than provide a face everyone knows.
Doosan 12, Woori 4
W - Lee Hye-cheon, L - Kim Su-kyeong
This little girl probably hit the strike zone more often than Kim Su-kyeong did last night. Ooooooooohhhh. Strikes weren't the problem for Kim. During his 4 innings of work, he threw 36 of 59 pitches for strikes, but left a few out over the plate for Doosan's big bats.
The final makes this game sound worse than it was. Doosan scored 4 runs in the 8th inning, just to make sure Woori knew they were beaten. I guess playing video games before the game isn't necessarily bad for Kim Dong-joo. Kim went 2-2 with a walk, a homer, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Kim Hyeon-su finished 3-4, but he was a single away from hitting for the cycle. He also chipped in 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Ko Yeong-min went 3-5 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. The heavy hitters really came through for Doosan last night.
Samsung 2, LG 1
W - Jeon Byeong-ho, L - Shim Su-chang, S - Oh Seung-hwan
Park Han-yi made his triumphant return to the Samsung lineup by leading off the game with a double. He was driven in two runs later by a Yang Joon-hyeok homerun. Yang finished the night 4-4(!). That was all the offense Samsung would get and it turned out to be all they would need. Samsung starter, Jeon Byeong-ho scattered 7 hits over 5 2/3 innings(79 pitches, 51 strikes) with 2 K's. LG didn't get on the scoreboard until Oh Seung-hwan decided to make things interesting in the 9th. He allowed a pair of singles and LG was able to scratch out a run before the 3rd out was recorded.
Hanhwa 5, KIA 4 (12)
W - Kim Hyeok-min, L - Yoo Dong-hoon
This one was tied at 4 at the end of 9 innings. Hanhwa threatened in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out, but a double play ended the threat and kept the game tied. In the bottom of the 12th, Doug Clark drew a walk and Kim Tae-gyun clubbed a double off the left field fence to drive Clark in. Kim was then doused with water and slapped by his teammates as he tried to escape. I'm not sure what went on after the run scored, it looked like his teammates were actually trying to maim him. Kim gets the game ball, not just for the game winning RBI, but also for a 2-run homer in the first inning.
Last night was in fact Lima Time! It looks like Jose is starting to get comfortable in the KBO. Lima lasted 7 1/3 innings(100 pitches, 58 strikes) allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks with 3 K's.
SK 3 Lotte 2
W - Jeong Dae-hyeon(6-2), L - Choi Hyang-nam (2-2), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (16)
Last night in Masan the Giants broke out the camo jerseys and hats. These are pretty gross, but they have the names on the back in English and the flag from the players' home country over the heart. Somehow, they found a Mexican flag for Karim Garcia to wear. I'd like to see both changes made on every uni.
This one was tied at 2 heading into the top of the 9th and looked like it might very well go into extras...if it weren't for SK catcher, Park Kyeong-won. Park clubbed a solo homer in the top of the 9th to put SK ahead. Jeong Dae-hyeon retired the last two Lotte batters to record the save.
The game ball goes to the SK bullpen. Starter, Lee Yeong-wook, only lasted 3 innings before getting the early hook. The 3 SK relievers cobined for 6 shutout innings against one of the most potent offenses in the KBO.
Lotte centerfielder, Lee Seung-hwa, drove in both Lotte runs on a 2 RBI single in the 2nd inning.